White Flag Down

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 31, 2007 - Fiction - 384 pages
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The acclaimed author of Double Cross Blind takes you on a
breathtaking chase through World War II Europe, where
everyone’s motives are suspect—and nobody is neutral.

Patricia Cornwell called Joel Ross’s debut novel, Double Cross Blind, “a superb World War II thriller …haunting and unforgettable.”

Now Joel Ross takes you back to one of the most dangerous and pivotal moments of World War II

In June of 1941, two years after signing a on-Aggression Pact, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Within six months, the Russians lost a thousand miles and three million men—and in, 1942, the relentless German Wehrmacht swept into Stalin’s namesake city, Stalingrad. Combat seethed in the city streets, ten thousand Soviet soldiers died in one day fighting for a single hill.
Now, in mid-September 1942, Hitler orders a final offensive’ to capture Stalingrad. Yet on October 7t, the German army pauses. As General von Richthofen, commander of the Luftwaffe, writes in his diary: “Absolute quiet at Stalingrad.”
After months of combat, a sudden silence rises on the eastern front.
But why?

tells the story of an American airman, a Russian major, and a Swiss journalist in a crucial race against time during this eerie quiet on the battlefield. In n unlikely alliance they have united to track down the one document that could stop negotiations between Germany and Russia for another Non-Aggression Pact—a truce that would open the floodgates for German domination of the Western world.

Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones aware of the document’s importance, and time is running out.

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About the author (2007)

WHITE FLAG DOWN is Joel Ross’s second novel. He lives in Maine with his wife and son.

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